1st Edition

Improving Low-Reading Ages in the Secondary School Practical Strategies for Learning Support

By Paul Blum Copyright 2004
    124 Pages
    by Routledge

    106 Pages
    by Routledge

    This highly practical guide shows how learning support teachers and assistants can work effectively with secondary school pupils who are struggling with their reading. It relates directly to the working practices of teachers, steering them through issues such as:

    • assessing the low-age reader
    • working with reading withdrawal groups
    • finding and creating resources for low-age readers
    • constructing spelling strategies to support reading
    • understanding the emotional dimension to being a poor reader
    • how to effectively involve parents.

    Paul Blum offers valuable advice on how to make challenging mainstream subject textbooks accessible to low-aged readers and help on where to find good free resources as well as commercial materials to suit them. Exploring the vital relationship between the mainstream and learning support function, he also outlines the ways in which the two can be harnessed to make a significant difference to reading improvement.


    1. Assessing the Low Aged reader 2. Working with reading withdrawal groups in secondary school 3. Using Phonic and Non-Phonic Reinforcement strategies to improve word recognition 4. Supporting low aged readers in their mainstream lessons 5. Finding resources 6. Creating new materials 7. Spelling and Reading 8. Using Information Technology


    Paul Blum is currently Assistant Head Teacher in charge of Social Inclusion at Islington Green School, North London.

    'An empowering guide for those working with less confident readers.' - TES Extra for Special Needs